The App Store and Google Play are becoming, if not already, major players in the gaming world. Most big new titles have some form of mobile game for those on iOS and Android, but a couple of big names have yet to fully embrace this smartphone and tablet boom.
As well as Nintendo, a company still blindly dedicated to keeping gamers on its own handheld brand of console, Microsoft hasn’t been particularly keen to bring any of its titles to mobile space, but as has been confirmed by the Redmond company in a statement to Polygon, that is about to change. Starting with Age of Empires, the software maker plans to bring a plethora of games to both iOS and Android in the near future, and Age of Empires fanatics will be pleased to learn that the release could come as early as the end of the month.
With literally hundreds of thousands of titles already available on Apple and Google’s big online marketplaces, gamers already have plenty to keep them entertained, but with Microsoft now seeming to play ball, things can only get better. Age of Empires is, to put it mildly, a bit of a classic, and with a Windows Phone version naturally a part of the deal, the vast majority of enthusiasts will be able to get their fill.
Microsoft told Polygon that contrary to reports, there are no immediate plans to deliver any further titles “at this time,” but if Age of Empires does, as one would suspect, become a hit on iOS and Android, the likelihood of other popular games making their way to the big platforms would seem more than probable.
The Windows Phone version won’t be arriving alongside the iOS and Android iterations, but is confirmed as hitting the Windows Phone Store at some point in the future, so if your smartphone does happen to be rocking the tiled interface, you will have to wait in the wings for a little while.
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